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Female Trouble The Musical?

by Legendary Lew

I’ve long been a fan of John Waters’ trashy classic Female Trouble with its amazingly crazy dialogue and situations that still hold up today.

That’s why when I first heard the Mel Henke classic swinging lounge album “La Dolce Henke” (described as a Playboy Magazine on record), I knew his wild rendition of “All That Meat” somehow fit with the film.

It’s been a few years brewing in my head, but I finally decided to make my very first musical mix combining the two great pieces. This is my way of convincing John Waters’ and others that Female Trouble should indeed become his second musical.

Hope you enjoy it!

Jake Myer’s “White Cop” Walks the Cult Movie Beat Starting Friday

WhiteCopPosterby Legendary Lew

The new indie Chicago comedy White Cop debuts at The Music Box Theatre this Friday. If nothing else, there is one definite assurance about this movie: it’s the world’s first film funded from the proceeds of a volleyball coaching stipend.

Diverting just under $10K to this endeavor, director Jake Myers presents a timely satire that involves a young, inexperienced and rather daft Officer Kip White (Ben Kobold) and his questionable promotion to take on a European drug cartel.

Influenced by other cult favs like Samurai Cop and Miami Connection, White Cop examines the decades-old Hollywood tradition of making rogue cops heroes (aren’t rogue cops, in reality, a problem?) and the homoeroticism of cop buddy movies (always an interest for me).

Nick Moore (Channel 2020) and Katie Rife (Future Schlock) are co-producers of the film. Katie has graced The Underground Multiplex twice before with an interview and her presentation of the cult movie, Please Don’t Touch Me for Night School at Facets Multimedia.

White Cop plays Friday and Saturday at midnight at The Music Box Theatre in Chicago before playing at Alamo Drafthouse in Austin in May.

Here’s the trailer:

 

RIP James Best, Actor on “The Dukes of Hazzard” and Cult Favorite, “The Killer Shrews”

The late James Best, more than just Roscoe

The late James Best, more than just Roscoe

by Legendary Lew

James Best, the actor most known for playing the hapless Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane on “The Dukes of Hazzard” TV show, died at the age of 88.

Despite his playing a southern hick in one of the most pointless TV series ever to exist, Best was actually pretty influential outside the set as a well-respected acting teacher, especially of motion picture acting techniques. He ran a Hollywood school of this type of acting, supposedly the first of its kind, in the 1970s and ran it for 25 years, working with such people as Teri Garr, Burt Reynolds and Quentin Tarantino.

But the most fun watching James Best was as the lead in the ubiquitously found public domain horror film, “The Killer Shrews,” which co-starred legendary Hollywood director Sidney Lumet’s father, the Yiddish theater great Baruch Lumet and also “Gunsmoke” regular/horror film director Ken Curtis.  You know that movie–the one with fur pasted on the tails and snouts of dogs to make them look like gigantic rodents?  Haven’t seen it? Well, here it is. Enjoy:

R.I.P. Cult Character Actor Tom Towles (1950-2015)

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by Ty Pi ~ @-[->

Tom Towles was an American actor who was born and raised in Chicago, IL.  He passed away on April 5th, 2015.

He was a former U.S. Marine turned cult figure in the independent film scene with what is arguably his most iconic role as Otis Toole in the controversial John McNaughton classic, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.

McNaughton initially auditioned Towles for the role of Henry before asking him to play Otis.  Towles had a background in improvisational comedy, which he used in playing the darkly comic character.  His performance is instantly memorable and has become, in my opinion, a contender for one of the scariest performances captured on film.  In the scene featured below, Otis and Henry are buying a color TV in the rear garage of a pawn shop.  It is in this sequence where we see how casual Otis is in conversation, how quick he is to commit horrible atrocities, and even going as far as to take pleasure with a child-like glee.  (Warning: The scene is disturbing and NSFW.)

Other credits include Miami Vice (2006), the 1990 remake of Night of the Living Dead, and frequent collaborations with Rob Zombie with titles like House of 1,000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects, Halloween, and the faux trailer Werewolf Women of the SS.

Mediatrocities #16: Criterion Requests and Remembering Leonard Nimoy

RIP Leonard Nimoy

RIP Leonard Nimoy

by Legendary Lew

TyPi joins me in the latest installment of “Mediatrocities,” the podcast of unusual media.  In this episode, we make an open request to Criterion DVD, asking them to take on our choices of films deserving top notch releases. The second segment is our tribute to the late great Leonard Nimoy, centering on his media work that was not Star Trek.

Give a listen and as always, this podcast is NSFW.

Included in the podcast is the audio for a Priceline commercial, the video of which is here:

Ted V. Mikels, One of the Last Great Exploitation Pioneers, Seeks Contributions to Produce the Sequel to His Cult Classic, “Ten Violent Women”

10violentwomenby Legendary Lew

I don’t normally dedicate a TUGM blog post to campaign for a filmmaker’s crowdfunder, but in the case of veteran exploitation great Ted V. Mikels, I’m willing to make an exception.

Mikels is currently trying to raise money through Indie GoGo for the new movie, Ten Violent Women Part 2, the sequel to his 1982 cult classic, Ten Violent Women.

I’ve been a fan of Mikels’ distinct and strange exploitation movies for years now. He’s the mastermind behind such classics as The Astro-Zombies, The Corpse Grinders, the wonderful Girl in Gold Boots and The Doll Squad which was

Lady charmer Ted V. Mikels

Lady charmer Ted V. Mikels

stolen by Aaron Spelling to create” Charlie’s Angels.”  Like Russ Meyer, Mikels likes his screen women domineering and kinky, as evidenced by his own death scene via spiked heel in Ten Violent Women.

Check out his Indie GoGo page for Ten Violent Women Part 2 and contribute if you can. Share it as well. After 60+ years in the movie business, it’s great to see one of the kings of sleaze still at it.

 

TUGM Hosts Chicago’s First Ever Razzies Themed Party and NEW AWARD!

RazzieLogo180by Legendary Lew

Tonight is the special night dedicated to bad movie buffs like me. TUGM will host a private Razzie-themed party. On hand will be themed food such as raspberry wings (Left Behind–it centers mostly on a plane); Transformers 4 Age of deviled egg-stinction; The Legend of Hummuscules; Teenage Mutant Ninja Chocolate Turtles and nothing representing Saving Christmas, because Kirk Cameron gets way too much attention already.

We will also present for the first time TUGM’s Movie Rumble, pitting two movies against each other for the coveted first-ever Golden Undie Award, given to the feature that wins the party audience vote for Best Future Cult Movie.  The contenders are “The Legend of Hercules” defended by Jack the Gripper and “Left Behind” defended by Gorgeous Gaffer Gorrillawitz.

I hope to have pictures of the evening’s events for you later after the event.